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Chipperfield bags rare PPS7 permission

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David Chipperfield Architects has broken the Planning Policy Statement 7 (PPS7) run of bad luck after winning permission for this 2,000m2 farmhouse scheme overlooking Otmoor in Oxfordshire.

The practice has become one of only a handful of firms to secure the go-ahead for a private house on greenbelt land by relying on the little-tested planning-policy clause.

Having already won the thumbs up from Cherwell District Council earlier this year, the firm has just received news that the project – ‘for a young family of eight’ – will not be called in by the Government Office for the South East. As a result work could start on site by the end of the year.

The proposals, which will sit on a ‘spectacular natural escarpment’, feature four single-storey courtyards facing in different directions.

Describing the zero-carbon scheme, a spokesman for the practice said: ‘The design sets up a dialogue between the traditional vernacular farmstead and modern open-plan living.

‘The courtyards mediate the house’s relationship with the wider landscape by acting as a series of outdoor rooms that separate the cultivated gardens from the agricultural land beyond.’

David Chipperfield Architects has team up with Jane Wernick Associates as structural engineer and Arup as mechanical engineer on the proposals.

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